Do as much or as little as you like on the beautiful island of St Mary’s
St. Mary’s is the Isles of Scilly’s largest island (population 1,800) and the gateway to the rest of the islands. Covering an area less than 2.5 square miles, it’s still not exactly bustling but with its air and sea links, it’s more than likely to be your first port of call when you visit.
Hugh Town is the central hub with its cluster of shops, banks, churches, post office, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs as well as the wonderful museum. It has three lovely beaches in very close proximity – Porthcressa with a children’s play area close by; Town Beach, a perfect spot to watch the comings and goings on the Quay; and Porthmellon which also hosts the Sailing Centre.
The Quay is where the Scillonian III passenger ferry docks every day. It’s also where you'll find yourself travelling from if you’re staying on any of the “off islands” or if you’re taking any tripper boats for a day out from St. Mary’s.
Old Town is the other “major” settlement on St. Mary’s, closer to the airport and with its own beautiful beach, nature reserve, Old Town Church where Sir Harold Wilson is buried, children’s soft play zone, shop, pub and cafés.
Up country, away from the relative hustle and bustle, St. Mary’s is an easy going safe haven of hidden treasures. The coastline features large stretches of deserted white sandy beaches, dramatic rocky coves, stunning seascapes, amazing archaeological sites, beautiful walks and scenery along miles of coastal and country paths and nature trails.
Just 28 miles of the Cornish coast you will discover 5 islands, surrounded by azure waters, white beaches and a wonderful climate where sub–tropical plants thrive.
Hop on board the Scillonian III, our recently refurbished ship and discover the Isles of Scilly. The Scillonian Passenger Ferry sets sail from Penzance harbour up to 7 days a week.
Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4BZ.Read more »
A US based travel company servicing the US and Canada for vacation packages to the Isles of Scilly, England.
Our one-price complete package includes return flights for all domestic and international travel needs plus internal travel in England and accommodation.
Options include travelling via Dublin or London.Read more »
Skybus fly all year round to St Mary’s from Land’s End and Newquay, and from Exeter between March and November. If you are staying on Tresco, we recommend that you book your journey through the Island Office as our fares include all island transfers.Read more »
St Agnes Boating is a small family owned business that has over twenty years experience boating within the islands using Scilly's only purpose built catamaran the Spirit of St Agnes. For a more intimate bespoke service the Enterprise is available for special hire, fishing and sightseeing trips. Call us or go online to discuss your requirements.Read more »
We are a friendly and reliable taxi service based on St. Mary’s, working seven days a week, including evenings and weekends. We have two vehicles available for hire, one carrying four passengers and one carrying six passengers. The larger vehicle has two integrated baby/booster seats so children can be transported safely and comfortably. We are available for a quick taxi trip to get you from A to B, as well as more leisurely tours of the island.
We really look forward to being of service to you whilst you are on the islands.Read more »
There are daily trips to the islands and out to see the wildlife and lighthouses. Boats leave from 10:15am and return until 4:45pm. The service is seven days a week from just before Easter or the beginning of April until the end of October. There are evening trips available through the main part of the season.
There is an attractive special offer on purchases of ten or more tickets. We can cater for special groups and parties. Made up of the ten largest boats operating from St Mary's, we are the prime mover of visitor traffic.Read more »
“Endeavour” is the fastest passenger boat in Scilly. We offer a bespoke water taxi service offering a fast and thrilling transfer between the islands at your request.
Rib Blasts to enjoy the thrill & excitement of travelling at speed afloat.
Marine life trips to look for Dolphins and Seals.Read more »
What better way to discover St Mary's than by bike! Bikes for all ages, abilities and sizes. ELECTRIC BIKES NOW AVAILABLE.
- Coming for a day trip? We can deliver to the airport.
- Guided bike tour around St Mary's Thursday1st June - Contact us to book or for more infomation <Read more »
The Isles of Scilly Boat Hire Company offers daily hire through to long-term timeshare in their range of boats. From the 16' Orkney motorboat fitted with an electric start and tilt 25hp engine, through to the award winning Powercat 525 catamarans fitted with twin 40 hp electric start and tilt engines, colour GPS chart plotters and VHF radios to the fabulous top of the range 200hp Sealegs Amphibious Rib. The choice is yours and all are available regardless of which island you are staying on. We deliver the boat to you. Please visit our website for full details.Read more »
Bikes are the primary form of transport on the island and are available to hire at the bike store, which is located next door to Tresco Stores & Deli at the Flying Boat. There are bikes to suit all age groups. Guests can pre-book for their stay by calling the Island Office on +44 (0)1720 422849.Read more »
If you are coming to the islands to get married, or if you are resident on the islands, Toots Taxi is available for hire for your special day. Give us a call, or send us an email, to let us know your requirements and we will do our utmost to accommodate your wishes.Read more »
The Scilly Cart Co is a family owned and run business providing electric vehicles for use across St. Mary’s. With flexible hiring options and easy to use carts, it’s a great way to discover the many varied and beautiful places on the island. It is also ideal for people with reduced mobility who wish to explore.Read more »
A co-operative of seven local artist and craftspeople working on the little Business Park at Porthmellon. Work includes printmaking, stained & fused glass, jewellery and fabric painting and printing. There is a gallery of work by more local artists upstairs. Classes for children & adults are also available. (see activities page for more details) We are able to take payment by card.Read more »
The Star Castle Hotel is a family run hotel located on the Garrison a short walk from the centre of St Mary’s and the harbour, commanding breathtaking views of the stunning archipelago. The hotels focus is to provide exceptional customer service to all their guests as well as delightful rooms and award winning gourmet food. We have three different licenced wedding venues and a great setting to enjoy a drinks reception outside (weather permitting) followed by a wedding breakfast. The hotel accommodates up to 40 for a wedding celebration.Read more »
The Phoenix Craft Studios are open all year, so even when you can't visit in person, we can still send our individually hand crafted items across to you at home. If you want a gift for someone special for a birthday or anniversary, why not browse the websites of the various artists below and ring the studio for a chat about your requirements on 01720 422962. We can take card payments by phone and send goods out by first class post.Read more »
Located within their home at Porthloo, Glandore Gallery is a small, friendly, beachside gallery run by local artist, Stephen Morris, and his wife, Lois. Stephen paints exclusively ‘en plein air’ in watercolour and, more recently, inks, with a colourful and distinctive signature style. His cards and giclee prints are also available along with those of his late aunt, Nan Heath.Read more »
Situated in the tranquil and beautiful Holy Vale on the Nature Trail at the heart of St. Mary’s, the Vineyard and Winery is a must visit location during your stay on St Mary’s.
Open on weekdays 12.00 – 16.30 and by appointment only on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays for; wine tastings at £17.50 per person, ‘The story of Wine Exhibition’, Cellar Door Shop and refreshments, including Robert's Wine and Lobster Lunch at £24.50 per person.Read more »
Pilot’s Gig is a fully self-contained flat, which is situated within close walking distance of St Mary’s quay and harbour, and at the hub of all island to island activities. It is conveniently sitauted for all the local shops, restaurants & attractions. It has a four star rating from Visit England. The awe inspiring & uninterupted views, probably some of the best on Scilly, are towards Tresco Channel, Sampson & Bryher. A perfect place to relax & enjoy the beautiful sunsets all that Scilly has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you to Pilot`s Gig Flat.Read more »
The Midas Suite comprises of three rooms; a spacious bedroom with large en suite shower room and conservatory with food station (equipped for making light snacks and picnics). The suite has a limestone floor with underfloor heating. There is an outside area with hammocks, seating and sunloungers and views across to the other islands and Lower Moors. Although close to town, the property is located off the main road so is quiet and peaceful.Read more »
A beautifully presented former farmhouse located in a picturesque rural position overlooking vineyards. Ideal for larger families or groups with spacious open plan accommodation equipped to the highest standards. The private garden and patio are perfect for al fresco dining.
Free use of a four seater road legal golf buggy is an added bonus.Read more »
Run by a Scillonian, Nundeeps B&B offers superb value for money and is ideally located in a quiet location on the edge of Hugh Town, close to Porthcressa Beach.
It's a flat, easy walk to the quay where boats head off to Tresco and the other 'off islands'. Feel free to borrow picnic things, towels or blankets to take with you.
The two guest bedrooms are light and airy with a coastal feel. The small garden is a sheltered spot to sit and relax.
Check out our great reviews on TripAdvisor!Read more »
Beautifully presented five bedroom house with spectacular views, in a perfect location with a large garden. Monday changeover. Minutes from beaches, town, quay and coast walks.
Large, open-plan kitchen/dining room/lounge, ideal for socialising, with a further separate lounge on the first floor. Ideally suited for extended familiy gatherings or two families sharing.
Chy Carn sleeps up to 10 in a combination of king size, zip & link and twin rooms all either ensuite or with a dedicated shower/bath room. It also benefits from a ground floor bedroom.Read more »
Sunnyside Bottom Flat on the ground floor, sleeps four, open from May to October. Located in the centre of St Mary's, one mile from Hugh Town. Pleasant walks in all directions to beaches, coastal footpaths, nature trails and moorland.Read more »
A delightful holiday home with a wealth of character and part of the oldest group of cottages in the heart of Hugh Town.
Sleeps four in a twin room and a bunk room so ideally suited to couples or young families.Read more »
A picturesque Scillonian cottage that oozes character, The Cabin was one of the first cottages built in Hugh Town and is ideally located with almost all island amenities on the doorstep.
Sleeps four in one double and one twin room.Read more »